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Resistor Necktie 

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Resistor Necktie 

Written By: Becky Stern 



Cutting mat / work surface (1) 

• Fusible interfacing (1) 

• Iron (1) 

• Satin tie fabric (1 yd) 

Needle and thread (1) 

in colors to match your favorite resistor 

• Rotary cutter (1) 

• Scissors (1) 

• Sewing machine (1) 

• Sewing pins (1) 


Construct a basic long necktie with stripes to represent your favorite value of resistor - 
fashion inspired by the electronics bench! Learn to work with slippery fabrics cut on the bias. 

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Resistor Necktie 

Step 1 — Resistor Necktie 

• Gather materials and tools. 

• There are many free tie patterns 
available online. I like the Purl 
Bee's print-at-home pattern . 

Step 2 

• Cut stripes from each colored 
fabric with the grain and 
reassemble a single piece of 
striped fabric. 

• I used a serger to keep things tidy. 

• Press the seam allowances 
towards the colored stripes. 

• My stripes are a half inch wide with 
a quarter inch of seam allowance 
on each edge, and I left about 5 
inches at the end of the 
"champagne" colored fabric that's 
meant to represent the ceramic 
body of the resistor. 

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Resistor Necktie 

Step 3 

• Fold your fabric into a triangle to find the bias-- a 45 degree angle from the grain of the 
woven threads. 

• Lay out and cut the three main tie pattern pieces along this bias. A tie cut with the grain 
would try to twist on itself instead of draping flat and straight. 

• It's less important that the two lining pieces be cut on the bias, so try it both ways if you're 
curious about the effects. 

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Step 4 

• Press iron-on interfacing to the wrong side of the cut pattern pieces. 

• I used parchment paper to protect my ironing surface from sticky residue. 

• Cut the pattern pieces from the interfacing. 

• Use a low iron setting for synthetics with no steam. 

Step 5 



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• Pin pattern pieces to line up at 1/2" seam allowance. 

• Use a straight stitch to sew the seams and press them flat with your iron. 

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Resistor Necktie 

Step 6 

• Press up each point about 1/4 inch. 

• Press a 1/4 inch seam allowance along the nearby edges of both main and lining pieces. 

Step 7 

• Pin the linings to the main tie with 
the recently pressed edges hidden 

• Use an invisible stitch to secure 
these lining pieces to the main tie. 

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Resistor Necktie 

Step 8 

• Press a 1/4 inch seam allowance 
along both long edges of the tie. 

• If your tie fabric is very thin, install 
a piece of thick collar interfacing 
inside this fold with the ends 
tucked behind the lining. 

Step 9 

• Fold these edges once more to meet in the center back of the tie. 

• Press this fold along the length of the tie with your iron. 

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Resistor Necktie 

Step 10 

• Use an invisible ladder stitch to join 
the seam along the length of the 

Step 11 

• Wear to your next formal occasion. 

• A high-quality tie is all about the 
details, so take your time and you'll 
end up with a really nice finished 

This document was last generated on 201 2-1 1 -03 01 :43:1 4 AM. 

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